Overview: OSHA performs workplace safety inspections in order to ensure employer compliance.
When OSHA does inspect a workplace, it will show up unannounced, except under limited circumstances. The employer has the right to request that the agency get a warrant, to see the inspectors' credentials and to be told the reason for the inspection.
An OSHA inspection will consist of an opening conference, a walk-around and then a closing conference. The employer and the employees each have the right to have a representative present during the inspection. Citations will not be issued that day, but during the closing conference, the OSHA inspector might mention some of the areas of concern where citations will likely be issued later.
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This briefing for supervisors examines best practices for handing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection.
This How To details the steps an employer should take to handle an OSHA inspection in the workplace.
An employer may use this checklist to ensure they are prepared for an OSHA inspection. OSHA rarely notifies employers before conducting an inspection, and as such knowing what to expect can ease the process and help employers become better prepared.
An employer may use this letter to notify OSHA when contesting a part of a, or an entire, citation. Employers must send this letter within 15 days of receiving a citation to avoid losing the right to contest.
An employer may use this checklist to ensure that proper action is taken after receiving a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Properly reading and reacting to an OSHA citation is critical to being in compliance with OSHA regulations.
An employer may use this letter after an OSHA inspector determines that a violation exists and the employer fixes the violation to provide abatement documentation to the agency indicating the date and method of abatement and a statement that affected employees and their representatives have been informed of the abatement.